"Sport is a great leveller that can bring people together in a way that nothing else can”, Bjørn Berge tells Commonwealth Sports Ministers

Sport division 27 JULY 2022 BIRMINGHAM

“Sport is a great leveller that can bring people together in a way that nothing else can”, highlighted the Deputy Secretary General while addressing the 10th Commonwealth Sports Ministers Meeting in Birmingham. Bjørn Berge underlined how the Council of Europe’s four-year strategic priorities for...

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Second meeting on the Mapping of Sports Facilities

EPAS 5 July 2022 Strasbourg, France

The Council of Europe's Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS) and the Mulier Instituut are organising a series of three online meetings on the Mapping of Sports Facilities. Each meeting revolves around a different topic and brings together experts in the field, including sports...

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“Child Safeguarding in Sport” comes to an end: time focus on its achievements

Child Safeguarding in Sport 23 June 2022 Strasbourg, France

The results of the EU-CoE joint project “Child Safeguarding in Sport” (CSiS) were presented at the closing event which took place on 23 June 2022 in hybrid format from Strasbourg. They include the development of country-specific roadmaps for effective child safeguarding in sport policies in the...

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The Centre for Sport and Human Rights joins EPAS as newest Consultative Committee member

EPAS 15 June 2022 Strasbourg, France

Following a decision by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on 15 June 2022, the Centre for Sport and Human Rights has become the 30th member of the Consultative Committee of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS). The Centre for Sport and Human Rights aims to promote...

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Annual meeting and 15th anniversary of EPAS – the Council of Europe’s unique intergovernmental and sport movement platform on sport policies

EPAS 13-14 June 2022 Strasbourg, France

The Governing Board and Consultative Committee of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS) held their annual joint meeting on 13 and 14 June 2022. The programme of activities was discussed, as well as ongoing projects and most recent events. The Governing Board elected Ms Solène Charuau...

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HealthyLifestyle4All – The Council of Europe’s pledge on healthy lifestyles and anti-doping policies

ANTI-DOPING CONVENTION 16 June 2022 Lille, France

The Council of Europe has joined the European Commission’s HealthyLifestyle4All initiative, a “two-year campaign with the aim of promoting healthy lifestyles for all, across generations and social groups, by linking sport and active lifestyles with health, food and other policies”, through a...

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Closing event of "Child Safeguarding in Sport" (CSiS)

Child Safeguarding in Sport 23 June 2022 Online from Strasbourg

"Child Safeguarding in Sport" (CSiS) is a European Union and Council of Europe joint project. Its implementation started on 1 March 2020 and will last until 30 June 2022. The main aims of the CSiS project were to guide and accompany partner countries towards developing effective child...

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Combating Hate Speech in Sport project - Launch Conference

COMBATING HATE SPEECH IN SPORT 31 May 2022 Strasbourg, France

Sport brings people together. It contributes to health and well-being, breaking down barriers and building trust and community spirit. However, it can also exacerbate tensions or rivalries and foster discrimination against certain categories of the population, contrary to international standards,...

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First meeting of the coordinators of the project on Combating Hate Speech in Sport

COMBATING HATE SPEECH IN SPORT 31 May 2022 Strasbourg, France

The first meeting of the national coordinators participating in the joint EU-CoE project “Combating Hate Speech in Sport” will take place in the morning of 31 May 2022 . The national coordinators have been nominated by the Ministries responsible for Sport of the partner countries of the joint...

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First meeting of the Pool of international experts on safe sport

Pool of international experts on safe sport 4 May 2022 Strasbourg, France

The first meeting of the Pool of international experts on safe sport, established through the joint EU-CoE project “Child Safeguarding in Sport”, took place on 4 May 2022 in an online format. Policy-makers, researchers and academics, specialists supporting people with lived experience of violence...

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Anti-Doping proceedings must be fair

Anti-doping Convention 21 April 2022 Strasbourg, France

The Recommendation on fair procedure applicable to anti-doping proceedings in sport aims at ensuring that the essential safeguards of Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights fully apply to anti-doping proceedings. Council of Europe core values such as fairness and equality shall be...

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Macolin Convention week in Strasbourg

GROUP OF COPENHAGEN, FOLLOW-UP COMMITTE 5-7 April 2022 Strasbourg, France

Representatives from over 30 countries spanning 4 continents gathered in Strasbourg and online for the first in-person meetings of the Group of Copenhagen (5-6 April) and the Follow-Up Committee of the Macolin Convention (6-7 April). In these important meetings, delegates achieved an agreement...

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New member: Canada joins EPAS

EPAS 30 March 2022

The Council of Europe is delighted to announce that Canada has joined the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS) as of 30 March 2022, becoming its 41st member state. EPAS looks forward to welcoming Canadian delegates to its future events and to co-operating with them at the...

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International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Zero tolerance for racism in sport!

Sport Division 21 March 2022

On the occasion of International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, celebrated every 21 March, the Council of Europe's Sport Division recalls the unifying power of sport in bringing people together. Unfortunately, it can sometimes also be the scene of exacerbated rivalries or...

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Slovak Republic joins the Convention on safety, security and service in sport

11 March 2022 Strasbourg

On 11 March 2022, the Deputy Secretary General received the instrument of ratification by the Slovak Republic of the Council of Europe Convention on an Integrated Safety, Security and Service Approach at Football Matches and Other Sports Events (CETS Nº 218), also known as the Saint-Denis...

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"Advancing Human rights, democracy and the rule of law in and through sport":  discover the Council of Europe’s priorities for Sport for 2022-2025

Sport Division 25 February 2022 Strasbourg, France

The Council of Europe has set its priorities in the field of sport for the next four years (2022-2025), in accordance with the strategic framework of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe and the decisions taken at the Hamburg Ministerial Session (May 2021). In the light of the evolving...

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Focus on women in sport on 8 March

IWD 8 March 2022 Online

On the occasion of International Women's Day celebrated on 8 March each year, the Sport Division is organising an online breakfast roundtable with a focus on women in sport. This will open with presentations from international keynote speakers who have carried out innovative work in the area of...

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EPAS Consultative Committee (CC) to host a webinar on physical education and school sport on 21 February

Consultative Committee 21 February 2022 Strasbourg, France

What is the specificity of sport as a tool to promote Human rights and democracy? What good practices can be used to promote positive values and inclusion in sport for young people? These two questions and more will be explored in the upcoming EPAS Consultative Committee (CC) webinar entitled...

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Anti-doping: new monitoring reports (Italy, the Netherlands and Russia) and Recommendation on whistleblowers’ protection

19 January 2022 Strasbourg, France

The Monitoring Group publishes today three monitoring reports and its Recommendation on the protection of whistleblowers in the context of the fight against doping. The latter aims at reaffirming Council of Europe principles on the protection of whistleblowers and at adapting them to the sport...

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New membership: Slovak Republic joins EPAS

EPAS 11 January 2022 Strabourg, France

The Council of Europe is pleased to announce that the Slovak Republic became the 41st member state of EPAS as of 11 January 2022. After having been granted observer status in EPAS during 2021, the Slovak Republic has expressed its wish to join the other 40 member states of the partial agreement....

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